Payless Car Rental was founded in Spokane, Washington, in 1971 by John Netterstron. What began as a local car rental service, quickly became, under Netterstron’s leadership, a franchise with more than 100 locations by 1987. The company purchased Holiday Rent a Car that same year. Payless was the first auto rental company to operate an automated central reservation system.
Payless Car Rental was purchased by Avis Rent a Car in 2013 and now operates as a subsidiary of this company. Today, Payless Car Rental has more than 80 locations in 20 countries, and an estimated 10,000 vehicles.
In March of 2009, the company was added to Expedia’s group of preferred vehicle rental companies. The company also offers service through Orbits, JetBlue, Travelocity, and Priceline.Com.
In May 2020, a federal judge nixed the arbitration clause, which forces the parent company, the Avis Budget Group, to face a class action lawsuit claiming the company charged renters for unauthorized products and services.